Formula 1 in Australia despite Corona: “Another kind of atmosphere work”


( – Even if the Formula 1 start in Melbourne is scheduled to take place this weekend, the premier class of the Coronavirus will of course not remain untouched. There are suspected cases in some groups , additional precautionary measures on the course and even a petition demanding that the race be canceled.

Alexander Albon, Max Verstappen


Alexander Albon and Max Verstappen see each other before a balancing act Zoom Salvage

However, the drivers practice optimism on site. “Of course everything is difficult in 2d, but we're trying to make the best of it and just continue with the start of the season and hopefully have an exciting weekend,” says Crimson Bull driver Max Verstappen before the Australian Grand Prix.

He hopes that the weekend will be “not too different” despite Corona. “It's difficult to say in 2d,” admits the Dutchman. “But you're trying to make the week as contemporary as possible now. At the same time, of course, you're trying to be careful.” And that is not without consequences.

“The Australian followers are clearly one of the most passionate followers,” says Verstappen teammate Alexander Albon. “They are nice with everyone and want to take photos, they want to interact. But now that we are walking around Melbourne, it is obviously a different kind of atmosphere work than in the past.”

Nevertheless, he hopes to find the right steadiness. “Because security is obviously a serious field,” said Albon. At the same time, it is important to “give the followers something so that they can interact with united states of america in some way”. As a precaution, the mandatory autograph sessions with the drivers were canceled.

Massive Prix of Australia – Pre-Occasions

The fact that races also fall victim to the red pencil is a worry that concerns everyone. “We have already seen it with China,” says Albon, referring to the postponement of the China Massive Prix planned for April. “It is very uncertain that used to be will happen in the future. I think it is clearly a very serious issue for everyone.”

As a crew you try to react accordingly, but much is beyond your control. “With everything that is used to be going on, we can't really do much. We concentrate United States of America very much on United States of America itself and observe how things develop, for example in Bahrain.” Here Formula 1 should take place without a spectator.

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